Silversea Expedition Cruises To Yirrkala

Yirrkala

Yirrkala is an aboriginal community in northeastern Arnhem Land and has a population of roughly 800 residents. The Yolngu have been in the area for more than 40,000 years, but they only congregated here in larger numbers when the township was founded after a Methodist mission was started in 1935. This small coastal settlement became famous in the 1960s as the Yolngu opposed the opening of a bauxite mine on their land, writing (and sending) the Yirrkala Bark Petition to the Australian House of Representatives. View more

Yirrkala is also one of the best-known locations of Aboriginal art -not only in the Northern Territories- and has the community controlled Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre and Museum. Just 10 kilometers south of Yirrkala is Wurrwurrwuy, an interesting arrangement of stones listed on the Australian National Heritage List. The stones have been set up in the mid-19th century and depict praus, canoes, sea cucumber boiling spots and houses. The arrangement of praus even indicate the division onboard the vessels, showing an excellent knowledge of non-aboriginal items connected with the Macassan sea cucumber trade.

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Excursions in Yirrkala

Yirrkala Aboriginal Art & Culture

Yirrkala is a small Aboriginal community located in the East Arnhem Region, approximately 700km east of Darwin. With a population of around 800 people, Yirrkala is home to a number of leading indigenous artists whose art can be found in galleries around the world. Part of their work can be found at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre and Museum located in the heart of Yirrkala. The art centre is controlled by the Indigenous community and consists of two divisions; the Yirrkala Art Centre which represents Yolŋu artists and The Mulka Project which acts as a digital production studio.

At arrival to Yirrkala, you will be welcomed by a Senior Yolngu Traditional Owner with a Traditional Smoking Ceremony, followed by a Traditional Bungul (dance performance) performed by Yolngu community members. After the traditional welcome, you will be guided through the Yirrkala Art Centre and Mulka Project. Local artists may be working in the gallery and you will have the opportunity to view and purchase local Yolngu Art. You will also be invited to wander around the outdoor area to engage in a variety of Cultural activities that can include Traditional Basket Weaving or Damper Making.

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